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Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration: Theory and Practice

Desmond Molloy
Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration: Theory and Practice
ISBN: 978-1-62637-567-3
ISBN: 978-1-62637-568-0
ISBN: 978-1-62637-648-9
2017/255 pages/LC: 2016029311
A Kumarian Press Book
"Molloy offers valuable insights into the practical application of DDR theory within the context of modern conflict and national and human security programs."—Dean Piedmont, Countering Violent Extremism Initiative


Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration, or DDR, has been widely advocated for decades as an essential component of postconflict peacebuilding. But DDR in practice has generated more questions than answers. Does the approach work, contributing to postconflict stabilization and the reintegration of former combatants? Can it work better? What constitutes success? What accounts for failures? Do the potential risks outweigh the potential benefits?

Drawing on his extensive experience in the field, Desmond Molloy considers these questions and more as he traces the evolution of DDR theory and practice from the mid-1980s to the present.


Desmond Molloy is program director in the Myanmar Liaison Office of the Nippon Foundation, where he focuses on the design and management of integrated peacebuilding programs.


  • Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration.
  • Foundations of theTheory.
  • The Evolution of the Practice.
  • The Classic DDR Approach.
  • Operationalizing Community Security Approaches.
  • Theory Meets Practice?
  • DDR in War.
  • The UN Approach to Reintegration.
  • Cross-Cutting Issues.
  • The Dilemmas of Confronting Risk.
  • The Next Generation.